Indolent Lymphoma

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Last Updated: 07 May 2022

A medical diagnosis that consists of the word "indolent" may not be a bad point. Most people find out about blood and the circulatory system. Occasionally we forget that we have another circulatory system, the lymphatic system. This system relocates a colorless fluid called lymph through our bodies. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that become part of the lymphatic system. When these cells end up being cancerous, lymphoma happens. Like leukemias, lymphomas are blood cancers. In leukemia, malignant cells occur in the bone marrow and blood stream. In lymphoma, they are found mainly in lymph nodes and body organs. There are two types of lymphomas: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. Non-Hodgkin is far more common. Experts occasionally categorize non-Hodgkin lymphomas as either aggressive or indolent. They categorize them according to the type of white blood cell they impact, whether B cells or T cells. The B cell type is more common. Children can additionally get non-Hodgkin lymphoma, however they get different types. The treatment of childhood non-Hodgkin lymphoma is different from therapy for the adult types. Over 80% of children and young adults that get childhood NHL are cured. Symptoms are the same for non-Hodgkin lymphomas, whether indolent or aggressive. Usually, enlarged lymph nodes are the first symptom. Enlarged nodes may additionally occur much deeper in the body. Lymphomas can also appear first in the blood stream or bone marrow, where they can cause a lack of certain blood cells: A lack of red blood cells causes anemia. Too few white blood cells can keep the body from combating infections. Too couple of platelets can cause abnormal bleeding and bruising.

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